Since its publication in , George Saunders’s debut collection has grown in esteem from a cherished cult classic to a masterpiece of the form, inspiring an. CIVILWARLAND IN BAD DECLINE. W x T HEN a potential big investor comes for the tour the first thing I always do is take them out to the transplanted Erie. Civil War Land in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella. George Saunders, Author Random House (NY) $22 (0p) ISBN

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Both are able to write about a world that is fundamentally different from ours in very profound ways, but, at the same, make the reader feel some sense of almost eerie familiarity. I was gaining weight, losing energy, had grown a consolation ponytail, would go home sore in my ankles and knees from walking what felt like miles on the thin carpeting that ran over our concrete floors.

What a relief that was: I have a home. It is unguarded and offhanded and very conversational.

They, too, wanted to be happy. Well, that never happened. Nov 19, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing. He is a true genius, and we are lucky to have him. Even Dear John letters are forged. George Saunders is one of those wonderful discoveries I had last year. I prefer to be paralyzed like the characters in Saunders’ fiction. Then I gave it to my wife to read. While these guys, and others I haven’t mentioned are very good to extraordinarily good at individual faucets of the game of basketball, Jordan was the best at everything you can ask a shooting guard to be good at.


Then again, I’m in one of those moods where I would kinda decllne taking a slingshot and a pocket full of acorns into a public square and firing at random.

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

My book is—you know what my book is? Honey, where are the verbs? I told him about my El Salvador plan, expecting him to find it indulgent. She would have been on about page 10 by then.

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Preface

Civlwarland he drags the cage across and initiates burial by dumping the raccoons into the pit that’s our little corporate secret. View all 9 comments. You have to do it. This is why America loves Walter White, yes? Jan 25, Mattia Ravasi rated it it was amazing.

Civil War Land in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella

Only the outside world he escapes to isn’t any better. Though I see from the reviews “Offloading Mrs.

I don’t always need to be told through fiction that the world is horrible — I know that. I remember the autumn before the purge, when the Flaweds in our grade school were fitted with bracelets during a surprise assembly. View all 98 comments.

I wanted to go down the line of his fiction books, with Civilwarland in Bad Decline being the earliest, published 17 years earlier than Tenth of December. We billed our hours, and I would respond to any disrespect toward my person by declaring in my mind, always only in my mind: It was being plundered of its sensuality every day. Maybe I was a bit hard on his later Pastoralia because I needed to warm up to Saunders, maybe my head was just in the civilwarlajd space this time around, or perhaps this really is the superior group of civilwarlamd.


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Here’s my review of Tenth Of December: But a lot of these tales sound the same. I loved it and am seeking counseling. Saunders re-examines the past to portend the future, and extends the horrors encompass us all instead of stopping at boundaries of race, creed or gender. Dedline see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Writing this book was a happy, hopeful act. In retrospect I was lucky—lucky to have my civilqarland, black-and-white, museumish idea of literature, in which it was alwaysdenied me.